The Master of Science in Digital Media introduces the tools and theory of the complex and ever-changing world of digital communication. This dynamic program features hands-on learning and small group work in a mentoring academic environment, leading to tool acquisition and professional development for media professionals. Students in the Master of Science in Digital Media program will create, evaluate and utilize contemporary tools of communication, and they will explore digital innovations and breakthrough technologies that are changing the way we do business.
Students study the practical application of digital media, ethical communication in a culturally diverse workplace, media convergence and its impact on the workplace, and strategies for utilizing media more effectively. The curriculum includes 18 hours of required courses plus 3 hours of MBA elective credit with options for the remaining 9 hours to complete the degree. Of the remaining 9 hours, students will take three topics courses or take a combination of a topics course, thesis and/or an independent study. Topics courses will vary by semester and the specialty of the faculty member instructing the course.
The Master of Science in Digital Media program is designed to accommodate both full-time students and working professionals. Full-time students will enroll in the fall term and take four courses in the fall and spring terms, followed by two courses over the summer. Part-time students may enroll in the spring or fall terms and will take one or two courses per term until they've completed the 10-course program.
The learning outcomes for the Master of Science in Digital Media are:
- Students will demonstrate through critical thinking and hands-on projects, the application of digital media and technologies in a global and diverse workplace.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use contemporary tools and apply theories of digital media practice.
- Students will evaluate the production and dissemination of digital media from multiple ethical and legal perspectives.
It is expected that all Masters students in the School of Communication are aware of the program’s Academic Honesty Policy, which appears on each syllabus and is also located here.
Early Entry Dual Enrollment
This program offers an opportunity for all undergraduate students to complete their undergraduate degree (BA or BS degree) along with a Master of Science in Digital Media in four and a half to five years. Students who meet admission requirements (grade point average of at least 3.2 and pre-requisite scores of B or higher in PHIL 101 and MATH 200 or 205) may be admitted to the MSDM program in the second semester of their junior year and begin taking graduate-level classes at the beginning of their senior year. The MSDM courses take the place of up to 12 credits of undergraduate free, unrestricted, elective credits.
Health Care Concentration
Concentrations are not required for the Master of Science in Digital Media. However, students can elect to complete a Health Communication Concentration in the MSDM by choosing three elective courses below:
- HLTH 602 Communication & Technology in Health – every spring
- HTLH 631 Health Behavior Theory – every summer or fall
- HLTH 635 Designing & Planning Health Promotion Programs – every fall
- HLTH 637 Program Evaluation & Statistics – every spring
- COMM 644 Internship (Healthcare Comm focus)
GRE not required. Please submit the following:
- A completed graduate application at www.bellarmine.edu/applynow
- Personal Statement and Writing Prompt:
Personal statement: Please discuss your suitability for graduate study. You may discuss your professional and academic skills, strengths and weaknesses, etc. This is your chance to offer additional information about any potential red flags or weaker areas of your application (i.e. a GPA lower than 3.0, etc.). Your essay may include topics like:
- How your strengths and weaknesses will contribute to your success as a graduate student and professional?
- How do you compensate for your weaknesses?
- What will you contribute to this program?
- Ultimately, build an argument for your admission.
Include an essay (references not required) that answers the following writing prompts:
- What topics of communication do you plan to investigate in your graduate program?
- What in your educational or professional background has prepared you to enter either the Master of Arts in Communication Program or the Master of Science in Digital Media Program at Bellarmine University?
Professional/academic writing sample: this could include a term paper, press release, published story (nonfiction), digital portfolio, grant application, etc.
Provide email addresses in the online application for two references. Recommendations from persons able to evaluate either academic or professional potential are the most valuable.
- Recommendations from persons able to evaluate academic potential may include professors, instructors, or college advisers.
- Recommendations from persons able to evaluate professional potential may include current or former employers.
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to request all official transcripts and test scores. Official transcripts and test scores are mailed directly from the institution to Bellarmine University and should not be marked issued to the student or addressed to the student.
International Student Requirements
Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:
Language Proficiency. All students are expected to have appropriate English-language proficiency to be admitted to the university. The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed.
Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationery attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.
Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.
Requirements for a Master of Science in Digital Media
The Master of Science in Digital Media is a 10 course, 30-credit hour program. Typically, students will take two courses per term to complete the program in about a year and a half. The MSDM requirements include:
- Maintenance of a 3.00-grade point average out of a 4.00 overall GPA --throughout the program;
- Completion of all degree work within six years from the date of entry.
Required Core Courses- 18 credit hours (6 courses)
- COMM 600 Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication
- COMM 609 Technical Communication for Digital Platforms
- COMM 613 Studies in Digital Media
- COMM 615 Introduction to Media Studies
- COMM 619 Multimedia Communication
- COMM 699 Ethical Issues in Communication**
Elective MBA Course- 3 credit hours (1 course) chosen from the following:
(Note: MSDM students may only select from the weekend or weeknight sections of MBA courses)
- MBA 601 Organizational Behavior
- MBA 602 Business Analytics for Decision Making
- MBA 603 Financial and Managerial Accounting
- MBA 604 Global Economy
- MBA 605 Marketing Systems and Processes (with permission of the MBA Director)
- MBA 672 Project Management
- MBA 674 Negotiations
- MBA 675 Small Business Management (with permission of the MBA Director)
- MBA 682 Buyer Behavior (with permission of the MBA Director)
- MBA 684 Special Topics in Marketing (with permission of the MBA Director)
- MBA 686 Reel Business for Real Leaders
Elective COMM courses- 9 credit hours (3 courses) chosen from the following:
- COMM 644 Internship
- COMM 670 Strategic Communication
- COMM 692 Special Topics
- COMM 694 Independent Study (upon approval of faculty director and dean)
- COMM 696 Portfolio Option (upon approval of faculty director and dean)
*Students completing dual degrees in both the Master of Arts in Communication and the Master of Science in Digital Media are expected to complete a separate capstone project.
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